Plurals Ey Ending Words For Essays



Change -y to -ies or -s.
baby - babies, memory - memories, story - stories
boy - boys, enjoy - enjoys, journey - journeys

Why do we change some words ending in 'y' to 'ies' and some we just add 's' to make plurals or third person verbs?

Plurals - some donkeys, two factories, some toys
Third person verbs (he/she/it) - She enjoys, He cries, It flies

a. If the word ends in a vowel (a,e,i,o,u) + y then just add s
boy - boys, journey - journeys, key - keys, tray - trays, donkey - donkeys... Or we'd have too many vowels and a confusing word (key - keies)!!!

b. If the word ends in a consonant + y then 'y' changes to ies
country - countries, baby - babies, body - bodies, memory - memories, sky - skies, variety - varieties, factory - factories...

Note that you don't use spelling rules with proper names. Just make sure you use a capital letter (or you'll have all sorts of problems with passports and online searches!):
The Jollys have gone on holiday (Not the Jollies have gone...)
The Parrys are moving house.

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IV. Nouns ending in “y”
a. If the common noun ends with a consonant + “y” or “qu” + “y” , remove the “y” and add “ies”.
The vowels are the letters a, e, i, o, and u. All other letters are consonants.

Common Nouns Remove the "y", add "ies"
activityactivities
applyapplies
babybabies
berryberries
bullybullies
bunnybunnies
canarycanaries
colloquycolloquies
daisydaisies
dutyduties
enemyenemies
flyflies
ladyladies
librarylibraries
lorrylorries
marrymarries
nappynappies
pennypennies
ponyponies
poppypoppies
rallyrallies
relyrelies
secretarysecretaries
skyskies
soliloquysoliloquies
spyspies
storystories
studystudies
stysties
spyspies
supplysupplies
theorytheories


b. Common nouns with a vowel + “y”, just add “s”

Common Noun Retain the "y", add "s"
airwayairways
alleyalleys
annoyannoys
arrayarrays
attorneyattorneys
birthdaysbirthdays
boyboys
chimneychimneys
daydays
delaysdelays
donkeydonkeys
employemploys
essayessays
joyjoys
keykeys
monkeymonkeys
playplays
prayprays
staystays
surveysurveys
toytoys
traytrays
turkeyturkeys
valleyvalleys
viceroyviceroys
volleyvolleys
wayways
wiseguywiseguys


Exception: To form the plural of proper nouns ending in “y” preceded by a consonant, just add an “s”.

Proper Noun Retain the "y", add "s"
BradyBradys
KennedyKennedys
one hot Julytwo hot Julys

Challenges:

Crossword: Create Spanish sentences using English words ending in “y” - Part 4B

Forming Plural Nouns in English and Spanish - Part 4C - Words Ending in "y"

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